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New Online Service Launched

We have added a new online service to allow you to lodge complaints about unsafe or unhealthy work activities. The online form is now available here For full details on how we deal with such complaints, please click here.

Stay gas safe with your BBQ this summer

Gas Safe Register is highlighting the importance of safety when using a BBQ.

If you’re planning on using a BBQ, whether it’s a disposable one, gas or charcoal make sure you keep yourself safe and don’t put yourself at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Follow these top tips for BBQ safety:
  • Never take a smouldering or lit BBQ into a tent, caravan or cabin. Even if you have finished cooking your BBQ should remain outside as it will still give off fumes for some hours after use
  • Never use a BBQ inside to keep you warm
  • Never leave a lit BBQ unattended or while sleeping
  • Place your cooking area well away from your tent. Always ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air in the area where the BBQ is being used
  • Only useyour BBQin accordance with the operating instructions
  • Remember the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
If you’re using agas BBQ or gas camping equipment follow these extra tips to help you stay safe:
  • Check that the appliance is in good order, undamaged and that hoses are properly attached and undamaged. If in doubt get the hoses replaced or don’t use it
  • Make sure the gas taps are turned off before changing the gas cylinder and do it in the open air
  • Don’t over-tighten joints
  • When you have finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before you turn off the BBQ controls – this means any gas in the pipeline will be used up
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions about how to check for gas escapes from hoses or pipework, e.g. brushing leak detection solution around all joints and looking for bubbles
  • Never take a gas stove, light or heater into a tent, caravan or cabin.
  • Take care this summer and don’t put yourself or your family at risk.
For more information visit the Gas Safe Register website.

New Health and Safety Regulations

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has, on 27 June 2012, made a Statutory Rule entitled “The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012” (S.R. 2012 No. 255). The Regulations, will come into operation on 30 July 2012, and will increase the fees payable in relation to (i) licences for storing petroleum-spirit, (ii) certain statutory medical examinations or medical surveillance by an employment medical adviser, (iii) licences to work with asbestos, (iv) approval of a scheme or programme for examination of freight containers, and (v) notifications of activities concerning genetically modified organisms. The Regulations will revoke and re-enact the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 (S.R. 2010 No. 60), which came into operation on 1 April 2010. The Regulations will be included in the list of subordinate legislation on the HSENI website and in due course there will also be a link to a copy of the Regulations on the website